Eternity’s Children: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — January 19, 2023


706) Eternity’s Children — “Lifetime Day”

Sweet ’68 album track and ’69 B-side about two lovers who don’t need to engage in the games others play. Dawn Eden says “[t]he cherubic [bassist Charlie] Ross had the most angelic voice among them, conveying a sweet innocence that can be heard . . . on . . . ‘Lifetime Day’.” (liner notes to the CD comp Eternity’s Children)

Dawn continues:

They were from Mississippi, yet they excelled in West Coast soft pop.  They were co-produced by the legendary Curt Boettcher, yet they made some of their best music without him.  They were intelligent and college-educated, yet they signed their lives away to a pair of entrepreneurs whose previous management experience extended only to a chain of health clubs. . . .  [They were] the best West Coast soft pop group ever to come out of Biloxi.

liner notes to Eternity’s Children

Straight outta Biloxi!

Jason Ankeny gives some more history:

Eternity’s Children were formed in Cleveland, MS, in 1965 by . . . students at Delta College. . . . [They] began developing the complex, overlapping vocal harmonies that remained the hallmark of their sound throughout their career. . . . With the addition of local folksinger Linda Lawley, the fledgling band adopted the more contemporary moniker Eternity’s Children, and after Baton Rouge health club magnate Ray Roy caught one of their live appearances, he convinced business partner . . . to form a management company . . . which soon signed the group to a contract. Eternity’s Children quickly recorded a demo that made its way to A&M . . . and in the spring of 1967 recorded their lone effort for the label . . . . The record went nowhere . . . [and they] were quickly dropped by A&M. . . . [They] landed . . . a deal with Capitol’s tax-shelter subsidiary, Tower . . . . During production of the album, relations between the members of Eternity’s Children and their management became increasingly strained, and prior to the LP’s mid-1968 [three Band members] exited. . . . An appearance on American Bandstand spurred “Mrs. Bluebird” up the pop charts, but Tower did little to promote the single or the band, and after three weeks at number 69 on Billboard, both quickly plummeted out of the Hot 100. Eternity’s Children nevertheless reconvened to begin work on their second album . . . . Tower abruptly scuttled [its] U.S. release; the album did appear on Capitol’s Canadian branch (“Mrs. Bluebird” was a sizable hit north of the border).

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